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What Does the National Visa Center Do?

What Does the National Visa Center Do?

After a Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in the United States approves the petition, it sends the petition to the National Visa Center (NVC). When an applicant's priority meets the most recent Qualifying Date, the NVC will contact the applicant and petitioner with instructions for submitting the appropriate processing fees. After the appropriate processing fees are paid, the NVC will again contact the applicant and petitioner to request that the necessary immigrant visa documentation be submitted to the NVC. Learn more about
National Visa Center visa case processing.

Outlined below is a general explanation of the NVC visa case pre-processing and descriptions to help you better understand the steps involved.

Important Note:
The National Visa Center (NVC) will provide notification and instructions for both U.S. sponsors and visa applicants. It is important that you submit forms and documentation only when notified to do so by NVC. Remember to follow instructions from the NVC carefully. Sending the NVC documentation (or paying fees) when they were not requested by the NVC will result in a delay in processing.

If you ARE working with an attorney,
the NVC will take the following steps:

Assigns a case number to the petition.

Send the Affidavit of Support processing fee and the immigrant visa fee bill to the attorney.

After the Affidavit of Support processing and immigrant visa application fees are paid, the NVC will send the Affidavit of Support Process and the Applicant Document Process instructions to the attorney.

After the Affidavit of Support and applicant documents are submitted to the NVC, the NVC will review the information submitted for technical correctness and completeness.

After reviewing the submitted documentation and determining the file is complete with all the required documents, the NVC will send the petition to the embassy or consulate where the applicant will apply for a visa. For almost all embassies/consulates, the NVC will schedule the applicant's interview. Approximately one month before the applicant's scheduled interview appointment with a consular officer, all interested parties (applicant, petitioner, and attorney) will receive an appointment letter containing the date and time of the applicant's visa interview along with instructions for obtaining a medical examination.

What Fees Can I Expect?

Fees are charged for the following services:

·                     Filing an immigrant Petition for Alien Relative, form I-130. (See Note below)

·                     Processing an immigrant visa application, for DS-230.

·                     Reviewing an I-864, I-864W or I-864EZ Affidavit of Support (for petitions filed in the United States).

·                     Medical examination and required vaccinations (costs vary from place to place).

·                     Fingerprinting fees, if applicable.

·                     Other costs may include translation and photocopying charges, fees for getting the documents you need for the immigrant visa application (such as passport, police certificates, birth certificates, etc.) and travel expenses to go to the embassy or consulate for the interview. Costs vary from country to country and case to case.

  Fees must be paid for each intending immigrant regardless of age, and are not refundable. Local currency equivalents are acceptable. Fees should not be sent to the consular office unless requested specifically. When the sponsor resides in the U.S. the petition will filed domestically, with associated petition fee paid to USCIS.

How Do I Pay the Fees for the National Visa Center (NVC) Services?

Your attorney will receive payment in advance for fees and will submit fees for the forms submitted to USCIS and NVC.  All other fees are the responsibility of the intending immigrant (see above).

Applying for a Visa

After being notified by the National Visa Center, the applicant will complete the Application for Immigrant Visa following
Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants. When the case is complete, an appointment package is sent to the agent or the applicant (see note below). The appointment package gives the applicant an interview date and tells you the specific requirements of the visa. It includes instructions on where to go to have the required medical examination. During the interview process, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be taken. Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. In general, the following is required.

·                     Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States

·                     Birth certificate

·                     Police certificate from all places lived since age 16

·                     Medical examination

·                     Evidence of financial support. A completed Affidavit of Support (I-864, I-864 EZ or I-864W,as appropriate) from petitioner/ sponsor is required.

·                     Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, Form DS-230, both Part I and Part II

·                     Two immigrant visa photos

·                     Proof of the marriage and the husband/wife relationship

·                     Payment of immigrant processing fees, as explained below.

Documents in foreign languages should be translated. See
Applicant Documents for more specific information about requirements. The consular officer may ask for more information. Take clear, legible photocopies of civil documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, to the immigrant visa interview. Original documents can then be returned to you.

The National Visa Center sends appointment packages to the applicant (or agent) when the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident sponsor filed the petition in the United States. When the sponsor files the petition overseas, the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad sends appointment packages to the applicant.

Medical Examination

Before the issuance of an immigrant visa, every applicant, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination which must be performed by one of a panel of doctors authorized to complete the medical examination and x-ray of U.S. visa applicants.  Applicants are provided instructions by NVC.

Vaccination Requirements

United States immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa. Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations of immigrant visa applicants are required to verify that immigrant visa applicants have met the vaccination requirements. See
IV Vaccination Requirements for the list of required vaccinations and additional information.